Scottish film director Lawrie Brewster has been steadily gathering steam ever since his feature-length film debut with 2013’s Lord of Tears. That film gave us one of the more memorable horror movie villains of recent years in the form of the surreal and menacing Owlman. But Brewster, far from satisfied with merely expanding the Owlman mythos as he does in 2017’s The Black Gloves, is leveraging his success to become a major player in the international horror scene with formation of Hex Studios.
Based in Fife, Scotland, the studio is the outgrowth of Brewster’s Hex Media and will be a studio completely dedicated to the production of horror films. The studio indicate that their work will be steeped in the traditions of horror filmmaking pioneered at Britain’s renowned Hammer studios.
Hex Media’s partners in the venture include 7 Toes Productions and 3rd Monkey Productions. The Fife studio facility will include on-site recording and special effects facilities as well as a green screen stage. Hex Studios currently intends to produce three feature films per year, the first of which is an anthology entitled For We Are Many. In addition to contributions from Brewster and Hallow’s Eve director Brad Watson, For We Are Many will also feature a directorial contribution from Nicholas Vince, the horror icon famous for his roles as Chatterer in Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser 2, and Kinski in Nightbreed. Actors Eileen Dietz (The Exorcist) and Lawrence Harvey (The Human Centipede) are also attached to the project.
The talent working on Hex Studio’s debut film would be enough to get any horror outfit taken seriously. But if that’s not enough, Hex Studios already has a serious fan in the form of none other than legendary film director Roger Corman. Speaking to ScreenDaily, who broke the news of the studio’s formation on December 13th, Corman states that “Hex Studios is an ambitious new project which aims to rekindle the spirit of classic horror cinema, and gives me hope for the future of original, independent filmmaking.”
Given the level of talent participating in Hex Studios’ projects and lending support, it will be interesting to see where the company goes in its development. Speaking in a Facebook post on the announcement, Brewster stated the studio will”aim to become the Hammer of the 21st century.” If that is the case, then the 21st century is truly a very good time to be a horror fan.